Clashes with Israel wound over 200 Palestinians

Clashes with Israel wound over 200 Palestinians

Soldiers open fire on stone-throwing demonstrators in Gaza and the West Bank, killing two teens and wounding others. Israeli forces said they fired upon the main instigator of a group of protesters who hurled rocks at the military. At least five people in the West Bank suffered injuries when the IDF used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, Haaretz reports, citing Palestinian health officials.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers at the Gaza border, January 12, 2018.

In addition, six young Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the village of Allaban, southern Nablus, as a journalist was injured by a sound bomb in Al-Khali, or Hebron.

Meanwhile, Germany late Friday expressed concern over Israel's approval of thousands of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Raziel Shevach, a 35-year-old rabbi and father-of-six, was shot several times as he drove along a highway near the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad.

Clashes broke out after dozens of Palestinian supporters of jailed teenager Ahed Tamimi protested near her home in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, AFP correspondents said.

Israeli settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power can not transfer its population into the territory it occupies.

In a unilateral decision, on December 6, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital by announcing the relocation of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem effectively put the entire city under de facto Israeli control.

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The minister, who is also the government spokesperson, stressed that the only path to stability and peace in the region is the two-state solution that leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the lines of pre-1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.